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UK trade union opposes job outsourcing to India

October 31, 2008 16:57 IST

Citing turbulence in the country's economy, British trade union GMB has opposed world's leading French fries supplier McCain Foods' proposal to outsource finance and administration-related jobs to India.

GMB, reportedly having about six lakh people as members, said on Thursday it would ask McCain not to proceed with the proposal to offshore employments which would see '32 backroom jobs in five locations in England being outsourced to India'.

Canada-headquartered McCain Foods is planning to export backroom jobs to India from five locations spread across England. 

According to GMB, the company had informed that it is looking at a proposal to outsource jobs of finance and administration workers to India "to take advantage of much cheaper wage rates there".

The statement said McCain directly employs about 2,000 people at five manufacturing sites including Scarborough, Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire and Wombourne in South Staffordshire.

Further, PAS Ltd, a subsidiary of McCain, has processing facilities at Grantham and Hull. It makes chips, ready meals and pizza. 

"GMB are calling on McCain Foods not to go ahead with this proposal. The company admit that the only reason they are contemplating this outsourcing of our members jobs to India is to take advantage of cheap labour rates there," Rachelle Wilkins who represents GMB members in McCain Foods said.

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